FAA furloughs delaying flights

12:12 AM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The impact of sequestrations cuts is now being felt in airports around the country.

The Federal Aviation Administration implemented furloughs for its more than fifteen thousand air traffic controllers. That means many large airports will see delays, as flights are kept on the ground because there aren't enough people to monitor airspace.

The effects are trickling down to smaller airports like Portland International Jetport.

"If we can have two hour delays on a day when the weather's great and there are no issues to the system, you know the problems could be worse in the future," Portland Jetport Director Paul Bradbury said. "And these things tend to build as the day goes on. In the morning it's pretty clear because there are no flights heading out but as the day goes, on later in the day we have delays."

There are between twenty and thirty FAA employees in Portland and about twenty more in Bangor. They will also be forced to take furlough days, but because those airports aren't as busy, it is not expected to affect flights.


















































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